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School Buildings

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in Herefordshire have received grants for new school buildings since 1 May 1997; what the value was of each project; and if he will make a statement. (99292)

The Department allocates capital funding to local authorities and direct to schools, and relies upon them to prioritise the resources received between different capital projects. Accordingly, the Department does not maintain a record of grants in respect of individual schools. A central record is maintained of capital allocations to local authorities on a financial year basis, and those allocated to Herefordshire since 1 April 1997 are set out in the following table:

£ million

1997-98

6.6

1998-99

4.1

1999-2000

5.4

2000-01

8.5

2001-02

5.9

2002-03

8.4

2003-04

27.6

2004-05

8.4

2005-06

8.7

2006-07

7.0

The large allocation of £27.6 million in 2003-04 includes £19.5 million for a private finance initiative scheme.